Corín Tellado, Thursdays with Leila

Translated by Duncan Wheeler, with an introduction by Diana Holmes and Duncan Wheeler, and a prologue by Mario Vargas Llosa

New Translations 9

Modern Humanities Research Association

15 November 2016  •  102pp

ISBN: 978-1-781882-44-3 (paperback)  •  RRP £10.99, $17.50, €13.99

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Mario Vargas Llosa writes:

‘Corín Tellado, the Asturian author who died just before her eighty-second birthday in 2009 was, in all likelihood, the most significant sociocultural phenomenon in the Spanish language since the Golden Age. What might ostensibly appear to be heresy — and from a qualitative perspective it is — ceases to be so if we begin to view things in quantitative terms. Borges, García Márquez, Ortega y Gasset, any of the most original thinkers and writers in my language that you might care to mention, none of them have reached as many readers or had so great an influence on the way in which people feel, speak, love, hate, understand life and human relations, than María del Socorro Tellado López, Socorrín to her friends.’

Corín Tellado is the best-selling novelist of all time in the Spanish language. Between the 1940s and the 1990s, she wrote thousands of 'novelas rosas' (romantic novels), which captivated readers across the Spanish speaking world, while attracting the attention of intellectuals and writers. Thursdays with Leila tells the story of the eponymous protagonist who remains traumatised by the death of her mother in a public hospital in Spain.

Diana Holmes is Professor of French at the University of Leeds and the author of many books and articles on women’s writing from highbrow to popular, including Romance and Readership in Twentieth-Century France: Love Stories (2006). In 1998 she was made a Chevalier dans l’ordre des palmes académiques for services to French culture.

Mario Vargas Llosa is is a Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, essayist and recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. His novels include La ciudad y los perros/The Time of the Hero (1963) and La fiesta del chivo/The Feast of the Goat (2000).

Duncan Wheeler is Associate Professor of Spanish Studies at the University of Leeds, and Visiting Professor of the Carlos III University in Madrid. His monographs include Golden Age Drama in Contemporary Spain (2012) and The Cultural Politics of Spain’s Transition to Democracy (2017). He is Hispanic editor for Modern Language Review.

Reviews:

  • ‘La estimable traducción al inglés de Los jueves de Leila, por parte de los profesores Duncan Wheeler y Diana Holmes, uno de los más conocidos relatos de Corín Tellado y que inicia la serie: “Querer es poder”, abre la puerta al género romántico de esta prolí ca escritora asturiana al mundo anglosajón.’ — Estefanía Tocado, Hispania 101.2, June 2018, 344-45
  • ‘Wheeler’s translation of Thursdays with Leila captures the informal, non-demanding style of Tellado’s writing, and this particular novel was a very good choice for translation as it illustrates most of the dominant characteristics of her fiction.’ — Patricia O’Byrne, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 95, 2018, 905-06

Contents:

i-iv
Front Matter
Duncan Wheeler, Diana Holmes, Mario Vargas Llosa
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v-vi
Table of Contents
Duncan Wheeler, Diana Holmes, Mario Vargas Llosa
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vii-x
Prologue
Mario Vargas Llosa
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1-20
Introduction
Diana Holmes, Duncan Wheeler
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23-28
Thursdays With Leila: Chapter I
Corín Tellado
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29-34
Chapter Ii
Corín Tellado
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35-40
Chapter Iii
Corín Tellado
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41-45
Chapter Iv
Corín Tellado
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46-51
Chapter V
Corín Tellado
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52-57
Chapter Vi
Corín Tellado
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58-67
Chapter Vii
Corín Tellado
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68-73
Chapter Viii
Corín Tellado
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74-79
Chapter Ix
Corín Tellado
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80-84
Chapter X
Corín Tellado
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85-90
Chapter Xi
Corín Tellado
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91-92
Back Matter
Duncan Wheeler, Diana Holmes, Mario Vargas Llosa
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Bibliography entry:

Wheeler, Duncan, with an introduction by Diana Holmes, Duncan Wheeler, and a prologue by Mario Vargas Llosa (trans.), Corín Tellado, Thursdays with Leila, New Translations, 9 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2016)

First footnote reference: 35 Corín Tellado, Thursdays with Leila, trans. by Duncan Wheeler, with an introduction by Diana Holmes and Duncan Wheeler, and a prologue by Mario Vargas Llosa, New Translations, 9 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2016), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Wheeler, Holmes, Wheeler, and Llosa, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Wheeler, Duncan, with an introduction by Diana Holmes, Duncan Wheeler, and a prologue by Mario Vargas Llosa (trans.). 2016. Corín Tellado, Thursdays with Leila, New Translations, 9 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Wheeler, Holmes, Wheeler, and Llosa 2016: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Wheeler, Holmes, Wheeler, and Llosa 2016: 21.

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